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Gujarat Village Chooses ”Digital Mourning” Amid Lockdown

As many as 300 individuals paid their tributes utilizing Facebook Live (Representational)


In a bid to encourage social distancing and never violate the COVID-19 lockdown, folks in Gujarat’s Punsari village selected to carry a digital ”besna” or mourning for one of many locals who died.

The ”besna” was organized on Facebook on Thursday to allow household and nicely wishers of late Jayantibhai Darji (60) to pay their tribute from the confines of their houses.

As many as 300 individuals, together with shut family members and Darji’s youngsters, paid their tributes utilizing Facebook Live, former sarpanch of Punsari Himanshu Patel mentioned.

Punsari is usually termed as India’s first sensible village for implementing numerous technological measures, resembling free WiFi and CCTV surveillance.

“Darji died on Wednesday. In view of the lockdown in the country to stop the spread of coronavirus, I urged his younger brother Natubhai not to arrange mourning meet, but instead hold a digital besna,” Mr Patel mentioned.

As determined, solely 5 males from Darji”s household sat in entrance of his photograph exterior his house and a laptop computer with digital camera was positioned on a desk close by, he mentioned.

“We asked his family and well-wishers to pay homage using Facebook Live between 11 am and 12 pm. As many as 300 persons living in different parts of Gujarat and Mumbai paid tributes using technology,” Patel mentioned.

Both Darji”s son, who lives in Mumbai and daughter from Ahmedabad paid tribute to their father on Facebook, he added.


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